Is the Nikkor 16-85mm overrated?

Started Mar 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
DavidPonting
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Re: Is the Nikkor 16-85mm overrated?
In reply to DigitalPhilosopher, Mar 7, 2013

Definitely not!

By choice I'm a prime shooter in that range, yet somehow I've taken as many shots with the 16-85 as I have with the primes that it overlaps with...

It's sharp, light and a useful range for a single lens. If I want tele it pairs perfectly with the 70-200/4 (or the 70-300 if you don't mind that lens's issues at 300mm).

If you want prime-class low-light behaviour or DoF, then obviously it doesn't do it, but you can see that from the specs... I'm not too worried about the bokeh either, because you don't normally shoot f/5.6 for bokeh!

As to whether it's over-priced, that's a different question! I have a feeling that a lot of the cost over say the 18-105 is the extra complexity of getting to 16mm, so maybe the price is inevitable.

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